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  • How to Pick the Right Body Contouring Treatment for You

    Dieting and exercising can bring you closer to your ideal figure. But cellulite and fat deposits can sometimes be hard to lose. Whatever you’re up against, there’s a body contouring treatment that’s right for you.

    CoolSculpting, Thermage, and VelaShape are highly effective procedures that address different body contouring issues and produce different results. They are often used in conjunction with one another as well. Learn how each one works, what a treatment is like, and the results you can expect.

    *Results and patient experience may vary.

    Noninvasive Body Contouring Vs. Liposuction

    Noninvasive Thermage, VelaShape, and CoolSculpting can produce the same dramatic results as liposuction. Liposuction and other traditional body-contouring surgeries are often painful and require significant downtime. Because it is a form of cosmetic surgery, liposuction has a far greater risk of complications.

    An outpatient procedure that requires local anesthesia, liposuction sucks out fat with small, thin tubes inserted under the skin through tiny incisions. These tubes are moved around under the skin, suctioning out excess fat. After the procedure is over, any treated areas are wrapped to reduce swelling and bruising. You may need to wear a compression garment for up to a month afterwards. You can generally expect fluid drainage from the incision sites for a few days afterwards, and you won’t be able to resume normal activities for several weeks.

    Common side effects of liposuction include bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, scarring, rippling skin, color changes, and nerve damage. Plus, if you happen to gain weight after your procedure, you might store the new fat in a different place than where you had the fat cells removed.

    Since traditional body contouring procedures are seriously — maybe fatally — risky, incredibly invasive, and expensive, you should consider noninvasive alternatives CoolSculpting, Thermage, and VelaShape. Here’s how to decide which one’s right for you.

    *Results and patient experience may vary.

    VelaShape: Ideal for Circumferential Reduction and Cellulite

    If cellulite and the circumference of your thighs, waist and hips, are your concerns, VelaShape is right for you. It’s the only FDA–approved noninvasive body contouring procedure that effectively and safely contours, shapes, and slims your body by reducing cellulite and firming problem areas after a few short sessions.

    VelaShape heats dermal and hypodermal tissue at a treatment site with infrared light and radiofrequency, stimulating fat cell metabolism and reducing fat cell number and size. Dimples are simultaneously smoothed using VelaShape’s vacuum suction technology, which stretches fibrous bands in the epidermis. These two processes together reduce cellulite. Simultaneously, VelaShape’s mechanical rollers gently knead the area, increasing circulation at the treatment site, encouraging lymphatic drainage, and expelling harmful fat cell byproducts and toxins. This leads to a significant reduction in the appearance of cellulite, circumferential reduction, and smoother, firmer skin.

    What’s a treatment like? During your first VelaShape session, you’ll lie down on a table, and your medical provider will apply a lotion-like spray to the area to be treated. The VelaShape machine will then be placed on your skin. The sensation you’ll experience is similar to a deep-tissue massage that slowly begins to heat up. Slight pressure will then be applied to the area as your skin is massaged. Depending on the area being treated, VelaShape sessions last between 20 and 40 minutes. Most people require numerous sessions over the course of several weeks to achieve significant results.

    VelaShape is so effective that people in clinical trials experienced an average of half an inch to three inches of circumferential reduction in treated areas after a series of four treatments. Plus, their cellulite was reduced by over 60%. A similar clinical study showed that 85% of patients saw their thighs shrink up to three inches.

    *Results and patient experience may vary.

    Thermage: Ideal for Tightening Loose, Sagging Skin

    Thermage is the right noninvasive body contouring procedure for you if you’ve recently lost a significant amount of weight or just had a baby. This is because Thermage tightens loose skin nearly anywhere on the body after just a single treatment.

    Working from the inside out, Thermage transfers heat to the epidermis, encouraging collagen production and tightening existing collagen. Thermage effects this partly through radiofrequency technology, which produces currents that cause skin’s collagen to contract and gradually reform. This is why most clients experience dramatic tightening and smoothing of the skin in the months following their treatment. Since the outer layers of the skin are unaffected, there is almost no recovery time. What’s more, results from a single Thermage treatment may last up to 10 years.

    Before your first treatment, you’ll receive a local anesthetic and oral pain medication to ease any discomfort. During the treatment, you’ll experience an alternating cooling and heating sensations as the Thermage device penetrates the skin’s deeper layers. Your medical health professional will usually monitor the heat intensity to maintain levels comfortable to you. Each brief radiofrequency pulse heats collagen in the deeper layers of the dermis just enough to trigger substantial remodeling and regrowth. To prevent damage, the skin’s surface is also simultaneously cooled with an integrated cooling system. Depending on the area being treated, a Thermage procedure can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours.

    Though some clients notice immediate results after a single treatment, most experience dramatic results in the two-to-six months following treatment as collagen slowly starts to regrow and remodel. Thermage isn’t just for your body. It also works on your face.

    *Results and patient experience may vary.

    CoolSculpting: Ideal for Stubborn Fat Deposits

    If you have stubborn fat deposits that resist diet and exercise, then CoolSculpting is right for you. It’s the only FDA–cleared nonsurgical reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to sculpt challenging areas. CoolSculpting achieves the same results as liposuction but without the downtime and complications by cooling and crystallizing fat cells, which freeze at a higher temperature than surrounding tissue. The fat cells die, and your body eliminates them over time. The result is a more sculpted and toned you. Best of all, CoolSculpting delivers long-term results. The fat cells treated are gone forever, and cells from untreated areas won’t migrate in to replace them.

    Your medical professional will consider your specific goals, your unique body, and your needs in consultation with you. How long your session will last depends on the number of areas you want treated. Keep in mind you may need additional sessions if you want a few different areas treated. Most clients elect to eliminate stubborn fat deposits on their waist, thighs, stomach, and buttocks.

    A CoolSculpting procedure is straightforward and painless with zero downtime. During the procedure, a gel pad and applicator will be placed on the targeted area. Most feel a deep cold at first followed by some tugging, but this ends as the area becomes numb. This is caused by CoolSculpting’s vacuum, which draws fatty tissue into the applicator cup.

    You’ll achieve significant results in anywhere from three weeks to two months. And for four-to-six months after your treatment, your body will continue to flush fat cells.

    With CoolSculpting you don’t have to adopt new exercise or diet habits. If you do happen to gain some weight after a treatment, you’ll do so evenly all over your body. However, your results will last longer if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

    *Results and patient experience may vary.

    Noninvasive Body Contouring Is the Solution

    Ditch the risky, expensive, and invasive tummy tucks and liposuction, and embrace Thermage, CoolSculpting, and VelaShape. Each of these three treatments can be used alone or in conjunction with one another, depending on your issues and goals. Remember:

    • CoolSculpting is ideal if you have stubborn deposits of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise.
    • VelaShape is ideal if you want to diminish the appearance of cellulite and tone your waist, hips, and buttocks.
    • Thermage is highly effective in toning loose skin virtually anywhere on your body. Only one session is required and results last up to a few years.

    LaserAway is your go-to source for VelaShape, Thermage, and CoolSculpting

    Committed to providing the best customer service, we use only cutting-edge technologies and techniques. And our highly trained staff is experienced and certified in laser and other aesthetic dermatological procedures. They strive to make sure your visit is enjoyable, comfortable, and satisfying.

    Want to learn more about body contouring? Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by emailing us at or calling us at (888) 965-2737.

    *Results and patient experience may vary.

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